A large healthcare system is rolling out Bridge—an analytics technology that predicts the probability of death to facilitate better conversations about end-of-life care options—across all its home health, dual operator branches. To accommodate the enterprise-wide expansion, Medalogix developed an integration with the provider's Electronic Health Record (EHR), DeVero.
Bridge analyzes home health patient data to identify and rank patients at risk of passing away within 90 days. Then, the solution facilitates action and communication between service lines with its workflow component. Once a patient’s clinical evidence is reviewed, clinicians can move each patient through organization-chosen workflow steps, such as, Complete Clinical Evidence and Obtain Physician Order to better manage and coordinate care leading toward appropriate end-of-life care conversations. The steps are timed to help pinpoint operational lag.
Earlier and more accurate hospice-appropriate identification has the potential to drastically positively affect the healthcare system as a whole. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, of the more than 1.5 million patients who received hospice care in the United States in 2013, one-third died within one week of getting it—so patients who want hospice care, are learning about it too late. Not only is that detrimental to care quality, but it creates financial waste. Twenty-eight percent of Medicare dollars—about $170 billion annually—are spent during a patient’s last six months of life, often on futile treatments that lead to suffering.
“We’re thrilled to partner with another large healthcare system to help improve end-of-life care for all of their patients,” said Dan Hogan, Medalogix CEO. “Further, having developed an integration with DeVero to serve the provider, we’re now able to assist DeVero’s home health clients in their efforts to improve the end-of-life experience for their patients. It’s our passion and mission to improve end-of-life care in America, and these new partnerships are helping fulfill that.”
*News of the specific care provider using Bridge across all its branches will release in the coming weeks.